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■Ports in the Chugoku Region  
"Major Port" indicates a port that is designated by the government as being a central point of the international and domestic sea transport network, or as otherwise being strongly related to national interests. The Chugoku region includes 15 such Major Ports. "Specially Designated Major Port" indicates a Major Port which is of particular importance as a central point in the international sea transport network. There are 3 such ports in the Chugoku region - Shimonoseki Port and Tokuyama Kudamatsu Port in Yamaguchi prefecture, and Hiroshima Port in Hiroshima prefecture.

308.4 million tons of cargo were handled by these Major Ports and Specially Designated Major Ports in the Chugoku region in 2000. Of this amount, a large portion was handled by Mizushima Port in Okayama prefecture, which handled 40% of the international and 30% of the domestic trade.
■Regular International Container Lines
Port name Route (International ports of call)
Sakaiminato Port
Korea routes (Ulsan, Pusan), (Ulsan, Pusan, Tianjin), (Pusan, Ulsan, Ningbo, Shanghai)
China route (Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai)
Hamada Port
Korea routes (Pusan)
Mizushima Port
Korea routes (Ulsan, Pusan), (Pusan)
Korea-China route (Pusan, Inchon, Shanghai)
Taiwan routes (Keelung, Kaohsiung), (Kaohsiung)
Taiwan-Hong Kong route (Hong Kong, Kaohsiung)
China routes
(Dalian, Qingdao), (Tianjin, Dalian, Shanghai), (Shanghai),
(Xiamen, Fuzhou), (Ningbo, Shanghai)
Vietnam route (Keelung, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh)
Fukuyama Port
Korea routes (Pusan, Ulsan), (Pusan)
China routes
(Dalian, Qingdao), (Shanghai), (Shanghai, Qingdao), (Shanghai, Tianjin, Dalian), (Shanghai, Ningbo)
Kure Port
Korea route (Pusan)
Hiroshima Port
Korea routes (Pusan), (Pusan, Ulsan)
China routes (Shanghai), (Shanghai, Dalian, Qingdao), (Shanghai, Ningbo)
Taiwan route (Keelung, Kaohsiung)
Taiwan-Hong Kong route (Hong Kong, Haikou, Kaohsiung)
Iwakuni Port
Korea route (Pusan)
China routes (Ningbo, Shanghai, Keelung), (Shanghai)
SE Asia route (Hong Kong, Taichung, Kaohsiung)
Tokuyama Kudamatsu Port
Korea routes (Pusan), (Kwangyang, Pusan)
China routes (Shanghai), (Shanghai, Dalian, Qingdao)
SE Asia route
(Keelung, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Laem Chabang), (Hong Kong, Kaohsiung), (Keelung, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Laem Chabang, Pusan, Kwangyang)
Mitajiri Nakanoseki Port
Korea route (Pusan)
Ube Port
Korea route (Pusan)
Taiwan route (Kaohsiung)
Shimonoseki Port
Kampu Ferry (Pusan)
Orient Ferry (Qingdao)
Korea routes (Pusan), (Masan)
China route (Lianyungang, Qingdao)
Taiwan-Hong Kong route (Kaohsiung, Hong Kong)
Note: Current as of January 2003
Source: Chugoku District Transport Bureau
■Regular Intenational Ferry Routes
Connecting Shimonoseki -
Qingdao, China
Shimonoseki -
Pusan, Korea
Hiroshima -
Pusan, Korea
No. of weekly trips 2 7 3
Time required
(hours : minutes)
27 : 30 15 : 30 16 : 30
Current as of June 2003
■Major Hi-Speed Ferry Routes
  Chugoku-Shikoku route Oki route
Connecting Mihara -
Nigata -
Hiroshima -
Hiroshima -
Iwakuni -
Shichirui -
No. of daily trips 8 4 5 15 4 1
Time required
(hours : minutes)
0 : 55 1 : 04 1 : 49 1 : 08 1 : 20 1 : 07
1. Required time indicates the fastest trip.
2. Oki route (high-speed ferry) does not run in the winter season (Dec. 16 - Feb. 28)
3. Current as of Nov. 30, 2002
Source: "JR Timetable," Jan. 2003 edition, Kousai Shuppansha

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